By KAROLYN GEPHART
Manvel Community Outreach is starting the next chapter of their journey in 2019.
Manvel Community Outreach (MCO) was founded in 2015 by Ruth and Logan Dietz. It was born out of the work of Suzanna’s Cupboard, a food pantry created in 2008 that operated out of Grace United Methodist Church in Manvel.
In January 2016, the food pantry lost the use of this operating space in Manvel. At the time, it was serving an average of 880 families every month.
While searching for a home in Manvel for its food pantry operations, Dietz and her volunteers worked in conjunction with the food pantry at the First Baptist Church of Fresno to serve the clients of both the Manvel and Fresno areas.
Manvel was without a food pantry for over a year. In 2017 Dietz was able to open the food pantry in Manvel again, this time inside the Church on MastersRoad. The new pantry, The Well on MastersRoad has been under her direction since the opening.
The Well on MastersRoad, Rainbow Restoration International and Manvel Community Outreach along with other local businesses and organizations collaborated to host the first ever Manvel Community Thanksgiving. Dietz said it served 331 families on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, with an average of 160-300 families every week.
On Jan. 1, Director for the Well Ruth Dietz turned over the reins of the food pantry to The Church on MastersRoad.
“I worked as a food pantry volunteer after Hurricane Ike and later as the Director of The Well food pantry. I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Dietz said. “Thanks to The Church on MastersRoad and Richard Arriaga for taking the reins of the food pantry so that I can pursue and expand the charitable mission of Manvel Community Outreach.”
The MCO had a ribbon cutting by the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce Jan. 9 at City Hall. According to Dietz, the ribbon cutting represents the start of the MOC’s next chapter.
Manvel Community Outreach has been helping the families in this community since November 2015. “I love working with the families in our community. I love Manvel and wanted to get more involved, find other ways to help the children, help the families,” Dietz said.“ I realized that I was ready to pursue my dream of working more with the schools in Manvel and the Brazoria County area.”
Dietz already has an idea that has risen to the top of her list on things they can accomplish.
“I will continue my partnership with the Houston Food Bank to find the schools that are in areas that the children could use a little extra help. Most of all, I’m excited about the possibility of sponsoring a food truck to those schools, where all kids will have an opportunity to get food,” Dietz said.
For more information on MCO, go to http://www.manvelcommunityoutreach.org. Dietz invites everyone to like them on their Facebook page so everyone can keep up with the new things happening through MCO.